Monday, September 28, 2009

Shrimp Chowder

It's a cool fall day replete with cornflower blue skies and clouds that look like bits of pulled cotton. Oh, how I love autumn! Our windows are flung open, but I'm wearing jeans and a cardigan--sometimes I take it off to expose my bare arms, and sometimes I button it up tight. It's strange, but I love that feeling of being too hot in the sun, but too cold in the shade. May it last and last!

Anyway, it's a crazy-busy week in the Baart house. I don't have much time to blog, but I thought I'd quick post and share my recipe discovery--it's perfect for this time of year. And it's oh-so-yummy. I've been taste-testing it all afternoon. ;) I actually got the recipe from a Hy-Vee flyer, but I don't usually follow recipes. I've made a few changes. Enjoy!

Shrimp Chowder

splash of olive oil
1/2 onion
1 sweet red pepper
2-4 small potatoes
1-2 cups corn
2 cups water
2 tbsp. chicken bouillon
1 cup half-and-half
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 pound shrimp (cooked and peeled)

cheddar cheese

-Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add chopped onion and red pepper. Saute until translucent (5 min.). Stir in corn (I used the corn we froze earlier this summer!) and diced potatoes. Add water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for twenty minutes or until potatoes are tender. In a small bowl, combine half-and-half, flour thyme, salt, and red pepper. Slowly pour into saucepan. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Add shrimp and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until shrimp is warm. Serve with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese.


  1. just made me hungry with this!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this recipe soon. Did your boys eat this too or did you have to make them something else? I have two somewhat picky eaters and I'm not for sure if they would go for this or not.

  3. Nicole, that sounds delicious! Thankyou for sharing!

  4. I hope you like it! We had it on Monday and it was soooo good. Lick the plate good. ;) And sadly, my boys did not eat it. They LOVE shrimp... I thought this would be a no-brainer. Oh well, I'll try again soon and they'll probably love it the second time around.